So now that you have your wedding invitations in your hands, read these tips before you go ahead and stuff each one and place them in the mailbox. These tips are based on my own personal experience and since I’m Canadian there’s references to Canada Post. For those readers that are south of the border or beyond I’m sure you can relate this to your own postal service.
1. Get your full invitation suite weighed at the post office – I’ve heard numerous horror stories from brides that have affixed a standard postage stamp without realizing that their invites were over-weight or over-sized. There’s information on the Canada post website about what is considered standard weight and size but it can get a little confusing. Your best bet is to take your invitation to a postal outlet and get it weighed by those who know best.
2. Pick a stamp that matches your invites – I’ve received invitations with the Canadian flag stamp (Canadians I’m sure you know what I’m talking about) before and honestly, unless you’re going with a patriotic or red & blue theme I don’t think it’s the best looking stamp for a wedding invitation. Especially when you do have other options. Canada Post changes their postage stamps from time to time. Right now they have a lovely Rhododendrons flower stamp that might match some invitations. When I was getting married they had peonies!
3. Number your RSVP cards- If you’re having your guests mail their response cards back to you, be sure to number them so you can easily refer the number back to your guest list. You’ll be surprised at how many guests will reply with just their first name (or no name at all) and if you have several “John’s” on your list then you might have trouble figuring out who RSVP’d. To save yourself the headache, add a discrete number to the RSVP card or envelope.
4. Consider hand-cancelling your personalized stamps – If you ordered a personalized postage stamp you may want to consider getting them hand-cancelled by a post office clerk. Normally stamps are machine-cancelled meaning a machine will mark up each stamp to prevent it from being re-used. So if your personalized stamp is a pic of you and your FI then you might end up with black lines on your faces. If you have your postage hand-cancelled by a post office clerk then they will personally stamp each postage stamp in the corner. Bare in mind, depending on which post office you go to it can be a big stamp on your envelope. I didn’t like the look of the stamper my post office had so I just let my postage be machine-cancelled. Also, there’s no guarantee that your hand-cancelled postage won’t be machine-cancelled too!
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